Steen: Locally made Pressed not in theatres yet; Friends won’t be for long

This week is a “twofer” as I had the privilege of being part of the Kelowna premiere of Pressed, a Justin Donnelly film, shot locally. Then saw Friends With Benefits

This week is a “twofer” as I had the privilege of being part of the Kelowna premiere of  Pressed, a Justin Donnelly film, shot locally. Then saw Friends With Benefits

Pressed

Pressed is an action-thriller about murder, greed and making bad choices—and it was a good one.

Part of the fun was identifying shooting locations around town, but that alone wouldn’t have carried the film were it not for the solid acting of Luke Gross and the other main characters.

While not yet sold to the North American market, Pressed has been sold in Europe, where the big budget needed for the enormous amount of cigarettes smoked in the movie won’t even make their sophisticated little eyebrows lift.

The show moves through its two-hour run without dragging and the ending is very cool.

I hope this sells in the North American market and gets the recognition it deserves.

I give this one 4 reels with a thanks for putting Kelowna in the spotlight so everyone can see what a beautiful place this is!

Friends With Benefits

For a real change of pace, Friends With Benefits was a very light comedy with some funny scenes and lots of sex. For the ladies there are many bare butt shots of Justin Timberlake.

There are some poignant moments as Dad, played by Richard Jenkins battles the onset of Alzheimer’s and the family comes to grips with the loss of the person they once knew,  but there is levity even in these moments.

The story line is predictable and while each of the main actors—Timberlake, Mila Kunis, Woody Harrelson plus Jenna Elfman, Patricia Clarkson and Richard Jenkins play the roles well, there is something that falls flat in the final analysis.

Friends With Benefits is OK for an evening for 20- to 30-somethings, but it’s a toss up whether to pay the bucks and go to the show or wait for the DVD.

Needless to say, Friends is not for anyone who has an ounce of sophisticated humour or who wants to be left with a lingering chuckle but it has its moments and, if nothing else, it might just be worth it to watch Patricia Clarkson playing the Mom, who would easily win the worst Mom of the year award.

The best quote of this show is: “If you tell anyone about this, I’ll rip your ears off and staple them to your neck”

I give this film two and a half reels—see it if you want to, but go quickly as it won’t last in the theatres very long.

Susan Steen is a local non-profit executive and movie buff.

susansteen1234@shaw.ca.

 

 

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